Webinar | Private Equity Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis

Thursday, April 16, 2020
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM CST

Zoom Invitation Will Be Shared the Day of the Event



Please join the Private Directors Association on April 16 to hear an expert panel discuss:

  • How Private Equity Investors are responding to near-term disruptions of the COVID-19 crisis
  • What Private Equity Firms are doing to guide their portfolio companies through the crisis and related longer-term macroeconomic repercussions  
  • Recommended areas of focus for private company board members at this stage of the unfolding crisis

Who should attend:

  • Private equity leaders
  • Institutional investors
  • Independent directors of PE portfolio companies
  • Business owners interested in PE



Eileen Kamerick

Ms. Kamerick serves as an adjunct professor at University of Chicago Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, and University of Iowa College of Law.  She consults and lectures on corporate governance matters and is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow. She had previously served as CFO of such leading companies as BP Amoco America, Leo Burnett, Heidrick & Struggles, and Houlihan Lokey She began her career as a lawyer at the law firm of Skadden Arps and she holds a JD and an MBA, with honors, in Finance and International Business from the University of Chicago.   She graduated summa cum laude from Boston College and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She is a member of the Board of Directors  for Associated Banc-Corp, AIG Funds, Hochschild Mining, plc, and  23 closed end Legg Mason mutual funds. She served on the Board of Directors for ServiceMaster and IRI before both companies were purchased by private equity firms. She qualifies as an SEC financial expert.  In addition to her corporate board roles, she serves on the boards of the Alzheimer's Association, and the Children’s Radio Network, a charity using radio to amplify youth voices across Africa.


Rodrigo Garcia
Deputy State Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer

Illinois State Treasury

Rodrigo Garcia, CTP®, AIF® is the deputy state treasurer and chief investment officer for Illinois State Treasurer Michael W. Frerichs. In this role, he directs the treasury’s combined $32 billion investment portfolio, $300 billion in related banking operations and financial services, and a ~$4 billion agency budget and financial reporting unit. From leveraging impact investments to integrating sustainability factors into portfolios to promoting equity, diversity & inclusion, he aims to maximize investment returns and bolster the Illinois macro and micro economy.

Rodrigo was previously the Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs and a member of the Illinois Cabinet, and has also worked for Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc. and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Rodrigo holds an undergraduate degree with a major in finance from Northeastern Illinois University, two post-graduate degrees, one with a focus in finance from the University of Illinois and one with a focus in public policy from Northwestern University, and has also completed a senior executives program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He is an Adjunct Lecturer at Northwestern University and is a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP®), an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®), and holds SASB’s FSA credential.

Rodrigo serves on the executive committee and chairs the investment committee for the endowment at Northeastern Illinois University Foundation, serves on the investment committee for the endowment at Youth Guidance/Becoming a Man, serves as the treasurer on the board of directors for The Thirty Percent Investor Coalition and is the chairman emeritus of Student Veterans of America. He also serves on the advisory councils for the Milken Institute’s Global Capital Markets group and the Aspen Institute’s Latinos in Society program. He is a Marshall Memorial Fellow, an ACPYL Fellow, a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs Emerging Leader, a U.S./Mexico Leaders Fellow, a Truman Partner and an Atlantic Council Millennium Leadership Fellow. Rodrigo is a Fellow of the 2019 class of the Aspen Global Finance Leaders Fellowship of and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

He is an avid entrepreneur, a successful financier, and an angel investor.


Robert Hogan
Managing Director

Shorehill Capital LLC

Rob is a Managing Director at Shorehill Capital and helped found the firm. Rob has 20 years of private equity experience and he currently leads Shorehill’s Investment Origination team in addition to overseeing its investment in Belt Power Holdings.  Prior to his time at Shorehill he spent 15 years at CHS Capital investing in and managing industrial and distribution companies. Prior to joining CHS he was employed by Lehman Brothers (1997-2000).  Rob currently serves on the Board of Directors of Belt Power Holdings and Functional Devices, Inc.  He previously served on the boards of directors of Fortiline, Inc.; Houston Wire & Cable Company (NASDAQ: HWCC); Kele, Inc.; Stronghaven, Inc.; SunSource Holdings; and NorthStar Group Holdings.  He holds a B.A. from Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University.  He lives in the western suburbs of Chicago with his wife Mary and their four children.



Maryann Waryjas

Ms. Waryjas is an experienced corporate board director and a C-suite leader who focuses on strategy, leadership, problem solving and delivering growth. Most recently, she served as Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, Secretary and Chair of Enterprise Risk Management for Herc Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HRI). She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Stock Exchange and its parent company prior to their sale to ICE, parent of the New York Stock Exchange.

While in private practice, she was a Capital Partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, served two terms on the Board of Directors and was Co-Chair of the M&A and Corporate Governance Practices (Chicago). Prior to Katten, she was an Equity Partner at Jenner & Block LLP and a Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Better Government Association and the Board of Advisors for the Baumhart Center, Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University.